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Peter Fribbins: Dances & Laments

Album Summary

>Fribbins, Peter : The Zong Affair, for chamber ensemble
>Fribbins, Peter : Dances & Laments, for violin & cello
>Fribbins, Peter : ...that which echoes in eternity, for cello & piano
>Fribbins, Peter : Porphyria's Lover, for flute & piano
>Fribbins, Peter : Softly, in the dusk, for piano trio
>Fribbins, Peter : Chorale Prelude & Fugue on Cromer, for organ
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Notes & Reviews:

The memorably expressive music of British composer Peter Fribbins is frequently and internationally performed. This recording, the third disc Guild has devoted to the composer, contains chamber works.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
The Zong Affair (2011) refers to an incident in 1781 when the dead and dying aboard the slave ship Zong were thrown overboard. The Turner Ensemble performs with deep expression and nuance, and the engineers give them a warm, resonant, natural stereo spread. The 12-minute Dances and Laments (2010) contains five contrasting but linked movements in traditional British mode. That Which Echoes in Eternity (a line from Dante's Inferno - 1990, revised 2010) is a lament on a dead person waiting for the resurrection. Once again Fribbins immediately grounds his music by means of tunefulness, cadence, and mood. If Fribbins intended to capture the madness, delicacy, passion, and tender warmth of romanticism (all his words) in his 14-minute Porphyria's Lover (1994), the title of a poem by Robert Browning. Softly in the Dark (title of a DH Lawrence poem) has the nostalgia of Barber's Knoxville 1915. In the nine-minute Chorale Prelude and Fugue on Cromer (2011) Michael Frith certainly shows off the delicate colors of the organ at Essex's Brentwood Cathedral.



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Works Details

>Fribbins, Peter : The Zong Affair, for chamber ensemble
  • Ensemble: Turner Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2011

>Fribbins, Peter : Dances & Laments, for violin & cello
  • Performers: Henri Demarquette (Cello); Philippe Graffin (Violin)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007-2010

>Fribbins, Peter : ...that which echoes in eternity, for cello & piano
  • Performers: Pal Banda (Cello); Mine Dogantan-Dack (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1990-2010

>Fribbins, Peter : Porphyria's Lover, for flute & piano
  • Performers: Helen Crayford (Piano); Nancy Ruffer (Flute)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Fribbins, Peter : Softly, in the dusk, for piano trio
  • Ensemble: Rosamunde Trio
  • Running Time: 10 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 2006-2007

>Fribbins, Peter : Chorale Prelude & Fugue on Cromer, for organ
  • Performer: Michael Frith (Organ)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005-2011